dormakaba Axessor IP Locks Add Convenience and Security to Logix Credit Union

Sept. 11, 2020

Convenience and security haven’t always been mutually beneficial, particularly for financial institutions and credit unions. Sometimes the necessary and important steps to ensure security stifle efficiency and add cost. However, dormakaba found just the right solution for the Logix Federal Credit

Logix was founded as the Lockheed Aircraft Employees Federal Credit Union in 1937. It ranks among the top credit unions in the nation by several raters.

“High performance is in our DNA,” says Hamid Abbassi, safety and security operations rep at Logix. “We’re always on the lookout for new ways to achieve even higher standards, including operational improvements that allow us to focus more of our efforts on serving our customers. When we really studied it, access control emerged as an important opportunity.”

Most branches have multiple ATMs, a cash safe and a night depository. Branch employees have access to all or some of these based on a unique PIN. Code management was handled in the traditional way by sealing them in an envelope and sending to the credit union’s headquarters. If an employee had to float between branches, they would have to have codes for multiple branches. When an employee left, the lock had to be reprogrammed by a locksmith to remove the employee’s code. The cost of code management increased while the level of security decreased, because codes were inactive in a lock that no longer had an employee assigned to it. Logix's solution: dormakaba’s Axessor IP lock series.

“We used or tested several access control solutions before turning to dormakaba,” Abbassi says, adding that it helped the credit union to reduce its costs. “The Axessor IP Locks allowed us to accomplish our goals and go one step further. Every branch now has the ability to include or exclude every user in every lock without worrying about capacity. There’s no more sharing combinations.”

Axessor locks, new to North America but available in Europe for 15 years, integrate the latest technical advances and meet all recognized safety standards. The modular electronic safe lock can be networked or used as a stand-alone unit. Axessor locks maintain up to 40 user codes and can be managed remotely. With the remote-access function, administrators can check the lock status and perform up to 10,000 audit events. The software isn’t connected to any database. It’s a stand-alone unit for unique eight-digit combinations. The Axessor solution is powered by house power with a battery backup. Its only requirement is attachment to a network cable running into the safe.

Compared with the USB version, the IP-enabled Axessor lock provides an extended scope of features and an optional extension, the eBox for connecting to a TCP/IP network for central control of all locks. The networking allows for easy and resource-optimized management and monitoring of an unlimited number of locks. All network communication with a remote SDK or AS284 software is encrypted by the widely used AES standards. With the eBox, additional five input and output ports are available.

Abbassi says Axessor’s remote audit capability, a must-have in the financial industry, was another important selling point.

“The lock audit allows us to view history on every lock at every location from our desks, allowing us to verify users, track audits without error and troubleshoot potential problems,” he says. “The locks reprogram so easily, that once installed, there is virtually no need for service.”

Installation of the Axessor required a unique partnership between Logix and dormakaba to ensure that the transition from the old system would not disrupt daily branch operations. The process included carefully timed stages to allow for in-house beta testing, software training and collaboration with Logix’s security integrator. The rollout was seamless. In addition, Logix was able to remove a lot of administrative burden from individual branch managers and increase efficiency at every location.

“We’ve received numerous compliments on the Axessor locks and not a single complaint, which is difficult in today’s world,” Abbassi says. “And, speaking of today’s world, I can’t imagine what our COVID-19 response would have looked like without these locks. They made it simple and easy for us to move users between locations, reprogram forgotten combinations and manage users everywhere. None of this would have been possible in the current pandemic if we had not had Axessor locks already installed.”

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